Near record rainfall possible for Halloween

Posted at 5:18 PM, Oct 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-30 12:40:54-04

CINCINNATI -- Ghosts, goblins and anything spooky may have to dodge record-breaking rainfall this Halloween. A surge of warm air will also help moisten the atmosphere Tuesday, just ahead of a colder air mass. This is a frightening combination for trick-or-treaters looking to don their favorite Halloween costumes and search their neighborhoods for sweet treats.

In the past couple of years the Tri-State saw creepy but dry conditions for Halloween with fluctuating temperatures. In 2017, it was a bit chilly (46 degrees) compared to 2016's balmy 63 degrees which is about average temperature-wise. 

Estimated rainfall totals for Halloween

While the Tri-State has seen its share of ghoulish raindrops in past Halloweens, that rain has not been within record levels. But the grim weather reaper may change that Wednesday, setting 2018 up for joining the ranks of the top four record rainfalls on the scariest fright night of the year.

1. 1.49" 1941

2. 1.19" 1932

3. 1.18" 1919

4. 1.14" 1972

The rain forecast Wednesday puts us close to breaking or tying a record. Our 9 First Warning Weather forecast models show upwards of an inch or better rainfall near CVG where the official rain gauge is mounted.